Italian welcome for top riders
MORE than 600 riders have taken up residence in Stanthorpe this week as they undertake the annual Bicycle Queensland Cycle tour.
Starting in Goondiwindi, this year they are headed to the Gold Coast taking in Yelarbon, Texas, Stanthorpe, Woodenbong, Kyogle, and Murwillumbah along the way.
The participants rode in on Tuesday afternoon having enjoyed a tail wind for the trip from Texas and ready for a two-night stay at the Showgrounds.
The welcome in Stanthorpe was to an Italian themed night.
Riders enjoyed an authentic Italian dinner complete with home-made cannoli, with a number of local wineries and cheese producers from the Granite Belt in attendance to make sure all enjoyed the famous Granite Belt hospitality.
Yesterday was a day of rest from the tour, some of the participants enjoyed bus tours around the Granite Belt taking in Girraween and some wineries.
Some chose to do an organised bike ride, taking in the Wine College and some attractions on the northern end of the region on a quiet 26km ride.
The Visitor Information Centre was busy Wednesday with people looking for things to do and places to visit within town.
Bicycle Queensland CEO Mr Wilson said the tour was about taking cycling to the community.
“We value making cycling a mainstream activity for people of all shapes and sizes, while still keeping Cycle Queensland a challenge where people step out of their comfort zone with hundreds of others of a similar level,” he said.
“We love to show the wider community how normal yet vibrant cycling is and to bring economic impact to Queensland towns.”